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  • Fear can be healthy. It is programmed into your nervous system, and gives you the survival instincts you need to keep yourself safe from danger.
  • Fear is unhealthy when it makes you more cautious than you really need to be to stay safe, and when it prevents you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy.
  • A phobia is an irrational fear of a certain thing or situation. Someone with a phobia can experience intense anxiety when they are exposed to this thing or situation – or sometimes if they just think about it.
  • If you experience feelings of anxiety that are severe or happen often, or if they affect your day-to-day life, talk to your GP.
  • There are ways to manage fears, anxiety and phobias.

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Reviewed on: 01-11-2022